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US May Charge Russian Officials in DNC Hacking Case

An ongoing investigation into the DNC hack has surfaced the names of six Russian government officials.

US prosecutors may bring charges against Russian officials for their involvement in hacking computers belonging to the Democratic National Committee, and stealing information that was publicly leaked during the 2016 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sources close to the matter say the Justice Department has found more than six Russian government members were involved in the breach. While discussions are still ongoing, evidence has been gathered to charge the officials, and prosecutors could bring a case in 2018.

US agencies have already pointed to Russian intelligence services as responsible for the hack, which compromised thousands of DNC emails, emails from the personal account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and other sensitive data.

So far, there have been no details on how US intelligence concluded Russian officials were involved. If prosecutors pursue this case, it would provide insight and clarity on the people they believe were responsible for the hack.

Read more details here.

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